For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
Congregational Affirmation of Faith
I. The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my Advent sermon on November 28/29, “How Long, O Lord?” (Psalm 13). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
Psalm 13 has three stanzas; our sermon has three points:
- Desertion (vv. 1–2)
- Desperation (vv. 3–4)
- Declaration (vv. 5–6)
Main Point: The future is so sure we can sing about it now because of God’s steadfast love.
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon on November 7/8, “If God Is for Us” (Psalm 11). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
- By Sight (Psalm 11:1–3)
- By Faith (Psalm 11:4–7)
Main Point: What we see by faith is more decisive and defining than what we see by sight.
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon on October 31/November 1, “Trusting God in a Broken World” (Psalm 9 & 10). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
- The Praise of God’s Justice (Psalm 9:1–12)
- The Confident Prayer for More (vv. 9:13–20)
- The Complaint of Faith (vv. 10:1–11)
- The Assurance of Faith (vv. 10:12–20)
Main Point: In good times or bad times, the One Constant – our middle C – is that God is King.
Article by Allison Steddom with introduction from Pastor Jason Meyer
God’s sovereignty is a lifeline in suffering. Our sermon series on “Learning to Lament” is not theoretical. We are forced to live out what we are learning as we grieve the sudden passing of Alex Steddom. I invited Alex’s sister
Allison to share some of what the Lord has taught her in these difficult days. Let us grieve as those freshly gripped by our blessed hope.—Pastor Jason Meyer
To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that! But whatever anyone else dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they offspring of Abraham? So am I. Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned.
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“Religious liberty is the mother of all true freedoms.”
—Herschel Hobbs (cited by Al Mohler in Southern Seminary Magazine, Winter 2015)
“Religious liberty is not merely a political issue; it is a theological issue.”
—Al Mohler (ibid)